Skidmore College

A liberal arts education

Founded more than a century ago and located in Saratoga Springs, New York, on a beautiful wooded campus, Skidmore is a highly regarded liberal arts college known for its creative approaches to just about everything. That’s why we say Creative Thought Matters.

At Skidmore, we believe a great education is about putting academic theory and creative expression into practice—what founder Lucy Skidmore Scribner called the “mind and the hand.” It’s a place where faculty and students work together, then figure out how to use what they’ve learned to make a difference. This practical focus often leads to cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses of study where students carry multiple majors, collaborative research is common, most students study abroad, and internships and service-learning courses are standard. Skidmore students develop into independent, creative problem-solvers who aren’t restricted to looking at things in traditional ways.


With a diverse student body from 45 states and more than 60 countries and a fulltime faculty of 300, which translates into a remarkable 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Skidmore offers more than 40 majors in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts, as well as in pre-professional fields such as business, education, exercise science, and social work. Read more here.

Our rigorous academic regimen begins with the First-Year Experience, which integrates the curricular and cocurricular aspects of a student's first year, and pairs students with faculty and peer mentors. Beyond the classroom, lab, and studio, Skidmore offers a longstanding summer faculty-student research program, a top-rated off-campus study program (60% of students study abroad), strong internship programming, service-learning and volunteer opportunities with the local community, and an active Office of Career Development.

Owing to our belief in the value of the liberal arts, Skidmore requires the following breadth of study requirements, in addition to those of your major/minor:

•Expository writing (1-2 courses)

•Quantitative reasoning (1-2 courses)

•First-Year Experience

•Natural science (1 lab course exploring the natural world)

•Social science (1 course on patterns of human behavior and social structure)

•Arts (1 course engaging in the creation or performance of artistic work)

•Humanities (1 course on human culture)

•Culture-centered inquiry (1 course in a foreign language and 1 course designated cultural diversity or non-Western culture)

Residential life

Skidmore isn’t just a place for you to live and study. It’s a dynamic residential community that encourages you to get involved, to pursue your passions, and to find new ones.

Whether you engage in one of Skidmore’s more than 100 student clubs or serve as
a residential advisor, a varsity athlete or intramural participant, a student gardener, or a volunteer in a local school, you will find opportunities to use your creativity and round yourself out while giving back to the larger community.

All this on a picturesque campus including apartment-style residences with mountain views, a popular dining hall known for its variety, cool arts venues such as the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, and the 250-acre North Woods, our own natural laboratory and spiritual getaway. See our virtual campus tour here.

Extracurricular life

The College's more than 100 student clubs and organizations run the gamut, including a capella groups, SkidTV, WSPN Radio, Model European Union, snowboarding, and academic, cultural awareness, and religious groups. (Read more here.) Skidmore's 19 intercollegiate teams compete at the NCAA Division III level. In the past decade, teams have earned numerous national championships and more than 30 Liberty League titles. (Read more here.) 

As for location, who wouldn't want to go to college in Saratoga Springs. A downtown brimming with shops, galleries, coffeehouses, and great restaurants. Boston, New York City, and Montreal are a three-hour car ride from campus. And the Adirondacks, Berkshires, and Green Mountains provide opportunities for skiing, mountain biking, hiking, rock-climbing, and kayaking. (Read more here.) 

Admissions website

Please see the Skidmore Admissions website here

Deadline information

•November 15: Application deadline for Round I Early Decision and spring transfer application
•January 15: Application deadline for Regular Admission
•January 15: Application deadline for Round II Early Decision and and fall transfer application
•April 1: Application deadline for fall Transfer Admission

Required admissions materials

• Skidmore currently uses only the Common Application ( Beginning in June 2017, we will also accept the Coalition Application.
• $65 application fee (or fee-waiver request signed by your guidance counselor) • Official high school transcript.
• Secondary School Report (completed by your counselor)
• Test-optional policy on standardized test scores such as the SAT or ACT (details here)
• Two teacher recommendations
• Mid-year senior grades

Read more here.

Financial aid

Nearly all of Skidmore’s financial aid assistance—$42 million annually—is awarded on the basis of demonstrated need and is provided through a combination of grants, campus jobs, and loans. Aid comes from a variety of sources, including Skidmore’s own need-based grants and scholarships, as well as federal, state, and independent programs.

Skidmore offers merit-based scholarships in mathematics and science ($60,000 over four years) and music ($48,000 over four years). In addition, the College’s Opportunity Program (Higher Education Opportunity Program and the Academic Opportunity Program) for talented students whose economic or academic circumstances might otherwise make it difficult for them to attend college is among the nation's best.

By the numbers:
• $42 million annually in financial aid
• Average 2015–2016 first-year financial aid package: $42,500
• Range of packages: $2,000 to $62,850

• 40% of students receive need-based grants
• 45% of students receive some form of financial aid
• 50% of students are given the opportunity to work on campus
• Average post-college debt (just over $24,000) is below the national average

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We encourage you to use Skidmore’s Net Price Calculator to get an estimate of your eligibility for need-based financial aid.

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